No tickling for Cincinatti priests

The US archdiocese of Cincinatti has issued a new code of behaviour for priests that outlaws kissing, wrestling and even the tickling of children, but high fives are OK.

The newest version of the archdiocese's Decree on Child Protection also prohibits big hugs, lap sitting and putting children on one's shoulders or back, The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper reported on Monday.

But it says priests may still shake children's hands, pat them on the back and give high fives.

Victim advocates who have criticised the archdiocese for its handling of abuse cases say they support the new measures as a step toward better protection of children.

The Cincinnati archdiocese says it updates the rules every five years. The latest version, issued last week, also mandates background checks for contractors working with children.


US church: No kissing, tickling allowed


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